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Faint Not - Galatians 6:9-10
by David Melles, elder on August 5th, 2011

The word ‘crisis’ has become all too common in discussion centered around the financial or political stability of many nations in today’s world. Today, 08/05/2011, saw the Dow Jones and the S&P 500, poised for their steepest weekly declines in three years. Talks of a ‘double dip’ or return to recession in the USA, and news that the financial crisis in Europe is quickly becoming on par with that of 2008.

I read this week that the Chinese word for ‘crisis’ is composed of two symbols, that represent two words: ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’.

In the midst of crisis we are often inclined to focus on the element of danger and for this to swamp the element of opportunity.

It may seem to be enigmatic, but more often than not for those who follow Christ, God allows crisis not for danger but rather for opportunity.

James 1:2-4: “…Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything…”

We must be even more keenly aware of the opportunities crisis brings!

In Galatians 6:9-10 Paul wrote “…let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men….”

God is allowing this world to be shaken a little today. Of all people we should prepare ourselves to be a means of peace and light and strength to those who are afraid. Let's not grow weary in well doing – there's so much work to be done!

In Christ,
David Melles

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